Looking for a fun DIY side table project? Here’s an easy DIY side table project made with contact paper and paint.
Did you think I forgot about the Gatehouse?
I mean….I had that whole post about it and talked all about how I was decorating it and promised you amazing reveals and hot pink and zinc and tables and chairs and rugs and lights that look like space ships.
And then I never said another word.
The light fixtures have arrived and the black and white awnings for the outside are here and I’ve finished this DIY side table project…..and I am officially back on track. 🙂
So today….here’s what I have been working on for the Gatehouse…
….contact paper has never looked so good. 🙂
DIY Side Table Project
$5 yard sale side table
Tutti Frutti pink paint
Step 1: Put on safety gear and sand table
The goal is to remove the old finish so the paint will adhere to the table.
I used 3M TEKK Digital Work Tunes Hearing Protector and safety eyewear while I sanded.
Sanding with 60 grit sandpaper is so much better wearing red lipstick.
edited to add: 3M also has a great paint/sanding respirator! Cover up that red lipstick with a paint/sanding respirator.
Step 2: Prime table for DIY side table project
After I finished sanding, I applied spray primer to the table.
Then let it dry according to directions.
Step 3: Sand primer
Using 120 grit sandpaper., and the primer to remove the rough finish.
Wipe down with a tack cloth to remove any residue from the surface.
Step 4: Paint table
Apply two coats of paint to the table.
Let dry in between coats according to directions.
Step 5: Cut out a rectangle of contact paper
Measure top of table and cut a rectangle of contact paper to fit.
I cut mine just a little larger to make sure it covered all the sides.
Step 6: Cut out a circle out of contact paper
I measured and planned eight circles for the top.
I made the circles with a compass. I traced the outside circle and then traced the inside circle to create a ring.
Trace the circles in the pattern you want onto the BACK of the contact paper.
Step 7: Connect the rings
Using a ruler, connect the rings together to complete the pattern.
You can use the lines on the back of the contact paper as a guide.
Step 7: Cut out pattern for DIY side table project
Using sharp scissors or a utility knife, cut out the pattern from the contact paper.
Remove backing and center on the top of for the DIY side table project.
Smooth out all wrinkles.
I created a pattern with circles to go with the Gatehouse.
But what about squares or triangles or a trellis or diamonds.
So many possibilities and so little time.
All you need is contact paper, paint, a $5 yard sale table….
….and a little imagination. 🙂
PS I’ve saved even more projects just like this here.